March 6, 1941 – Aug. 22, 2015
It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of their beloved husband, dad, brother and papa, Owen Sallenback on August 22, 2015. Owen passed away in his Canim Lake home with his wife Valerie and his family by his side after a long battle with prostate cancer. Although his time was cut short, Owen had a full life. He was born on March 6th, 1941 and his family moved to Ocean Park in 1955 and it is there at Camp Alexandra where he met his wife of 50 years, Valerie. They raised their family in the area while he dedicated a career to the Vancouver Fire Department. After building their dream home with their boys, they retired to Canim Lake in 1995 where they spent their wonderful retirement years. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends and sharing great stories and laughs. He will truly be missed.
Everyone that knows him will remember him for his strong work ethic, his innate kindness, his vicious sense of humour and the amazing contrast between his strength and sensitivity. He was an avid outdoorsman who spent a lot of time fishing and snowmobiling with friends and family and spent many hours in the gardens with his wife. He will not only be missed by his family, but the whole community who knew him. He was a selfless man who has left a legacy of honorability and integrity – a humble man who had the most generous heart and a fierce love for his family.
Owen is survived by his wife Valerie; his four boys Warren, Ian (Karrie), Jason and Kevin (Leanne); sisters, Carol, Bev, Sandy (Johnny-Cry), Wendy (Karl) and Pauline; and his two grandchildren Isabella and Scarlett. He also had many nieces and nephews that he loved very much. He was a wonderful role model to all that knew him and we will all miss him forever.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the caring and professional staff at 100 Mile Hospital. There will be no service, but in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the
100 Mile District Hospital at:
100 Mile District General Hospital
555 Cedar Avenue South
100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0
The family would also like to encourage all that knew Owen to send their favourite stories of Owen and/or condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org